We've Partnered with Lesbians Who Tech to Teach LGBTQ Women to Code

By Dev Bootcamp • May 06, 2016

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We chose to join forces with Lesbians Who Tech, a community of queer women in and around tech, to help open doors for a more diverse community to build long-term careers in the tech industry. As part of the partnership, we will match the fundraising goal of $100,000 for Lesbians Who Tech's current Kickstarter campaign for the Edie Windsor Coding Scholarship Fund.

Named after a pioneer for both women in tech and gay rights, the Edie Windsor Scholarship Fund pays tribute to the first woman who achieved the highest technical position, senior systems programmer, at IBM in 1968 and won her court case that overturned the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 2013.

This is how it works. The $100,000 raised from Kickstarter will be used to send 10+ LGBTQ women to a coding school of their choice and will pay for 50 percent of each woman's tuition. Dev Bootcamp's $100,000 match will directly cover 50 percent of the tuition for a separate roughly 15 scholars to attend any of Dev Bootcamp's campuses across the country, including: San Francisco, Chicago, New York, San Diego, Seattle, Austin and Washington, D.C.

You can learn more about the details of our partnership, Edie Windsor, the scholarship fund and Lesbians Who Tech in this exclusive story we worked on with USA Today.

After you read the story and if you feel inspired (and who wouldn't be?), you can:

1) Donate to the Kickstarter campaign up until it closes on May 18. Lesbians Who Tech is a little over halfway to the $100,000 goal with just under two weeks left. A number of our staff, students and alumni have already donated, join us if you can!

2) Apply for the Edie Windsor Coding Scholarship if you identify as a woman and a member of the LGBTQ community. Lesbians Who Tech is managing the application process and selection of scholarship recipients. Applications are due by June 30.

3) Learn more about the other ways Dev Bootcamp is fostering a more inclusive, supportive environment both during the program and in the broader tech industry through the curriculum we teach, and apply to be a part of our community.
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